Church guild to hold annual holiday bazaar, bake sale
An upcoming event will feature handmade and handcrafted items perfect for holiday gift giving.
The Women’s Guild of Sanibel Community Church will host its annual Holly and Ivy Bazaar and Bake Sale on Dec. 6 from noon to 8 p.m. at the church, along with offer a silent auction and lunch menu for attendees to partake in. The funds raised will benefit local and global missions supported by the church.
“It’s definitely a community event,” event Chair Mary Everhart said. “We think it’s a perfect time to find a special gift, whether it’s for a family member or a hostess gift or a gift for a friend.”
The church has been holding the holiday event for over 30 years.
The bazaar will feature a variety of crafts made by the guild members, such as decorated Christmas trees and tree skirts, ornaments, hand-knit goods, quilts, children’s clothing, stocking stuffers and more.
“We have a lot of handmade and handcrafted items,” she said.
There are scarves and handbags, to baby quilts, place mats and more by the quilting group.
“A lot of our things are Sanibel related,” Everhart said.
Items include hand-painted holiday ornaments, holiday-decorated shells and such.
“We’re also know for our jewelry bar,” she said.
Featuring many designer pieces, there will be necklaces, bracelets, earring sets and more.
“We have a fantastic selection of costume jewelry,” Everhart said. “People really look forward to that.”
The event also will entail a bake sale with bundt and pound cakes, banana and pumpkin breads, white chocolate peppermint fudge, German chocolate cake, Christmas cookies, macaroons and more.
“We have some of the best goods around, and it varies because people contribute,” she said.
It will even feature fresh Georgia pecans, mango and mixed berry jams, pickled cherry tomatoes and homemade dill pickles for purchase.
Organizers will offer lunch from noon to 2 p.m., including walking tacos, hot dogs and soup.
Meanwhile, the silent auction will feature donations from local artists, businesses and restaurants.
“We typically have close to 200,” Everhart said the total number of things up for grabs.
Some of this year’s items are fused glass wine chimes, a watercolor of a shorebird, handmade furniture and benches, coffee tables and wall hangings, along with jewelry pieces donated by some shops.
“There’s just a nice variety,” she said.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to stop by.
“It’s a wonderful way to spend time with friends and family,” Everhart said. “It’s a fun time.”
In addition to the Holly and Ivy Bazaar and Bake Sale, the church’s annual Walk through Bethlehem live nativity will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., featuring a choir performance, petting zoo and crafts.
It also is open to the public.
For more information, contact 239-472-2684.
The Sanibel Community Church is at 1740 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.